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Dallas County DA Confirms Lost Digital Evidence

At least 13 homicide cases are impacted by the digital evidence lost from city of Dallas police data.

Digital evidence maintained by the Dallas police for at least 13 upcoming homicide trials was deleted recently in the process of a “normal retention cycle” by police, according to a statement from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney John Creuzot said in the statement that the evidence includes at least one police body-camera video. None of the evidence discovered to have been lost was for cases that have already been adjudicated, according to the statement.

Defense counsel in each of the cases affected have been notified, according to the statement. The DA’s office did not say which cases were impacted.

Police have been asked to review all homicide cases filed with the district attorney’s office after “ongoing concerns” with untagged digital evidence, according to the statement.

None of the lost evidence has been from cases that were already complete, Creuzot said.

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